Data Center

Network, server, and storage administrators get valuable advice and best practices to help meet the challenges they face in keeping systems connected, available, and running at high efficiency.

  • Brad Bird // December 9, 2008, 2:46 AM PST

    Take advantage of IT forums and user-group benefits: Get your Geek on!

    Community user groups are a great way to find other professionals in your area and expand your list of contacts. You can often leverage knowledge from these professionals or even obtain work for each other.


  • Selena Frye // December 10, 2008, 5:18 AM PST

    Troubleshooting guide for common TCP/IP problems

    If your network troubleshooting is more art than science, then you might need to try a more methodical approach. Here is a basic guide that will help you organize your troubleshooting efforts.


  • Michael Kassner // December 11, 2008, 5:54 AM PST

    New zero-day IE7 exploit is in the wild

    A new IE7 exploit is now making the rounds. It has already been incorporated in toolkits that install information-stealing trojans. Read on to learn more.


  • Rick Vanover // December 14, 2008, 3:20 AM PST

    Netsh reference file allows for easy access to all commands

    Netsh is one of the more powerful interactive command line environments for managing selected parts of the Windows networking stack. In this blog, Rick Vanover points out a tool that can be used to help expand your use of netsh.


  • Paul Mah // December 15, 2008, 5:08 AM PST

    A look at the ATEN Virtual VNC Console

    The ATEN Virtual VNC Console functions as a hardware console to access remote servers via VNC. However, it has a dual use; it also works as a VNC server to receive screen updates to display on an attached monitor or projector. Read on to find out more about this productivity enhancing network appliance.


  • Michael Kassner // December 16, 2008, 8:59 PM PST

    E-mail spam: How to stop it

    What if I said I know of an approach that would definitely reduce the amount of e-mail spam you receive? No way? Well, read on. Michael Kassner has a method that's simple, it works, and he'd like to share it with you.


  • David Davis // December 18, 2008, 3:01 AM PST

    Exploring entry-level options for using VoIP

    In an era of slashed IT budgets, David Davis looks at several lower-cost and entry level options of implementing VoIP, including those from Cisco.


  • Michael Kassner // December 21, 2008, 7:50 AM PST

    Linksys WVC54GC: Exploit discloses system configuration

    A Linksys Web camera is vulnerable to SetSource() boundary error. This vulnerability will disclose sensitive system information in plain text to an attacker.


  • Rick Vanover // December 21, 2008, 2:46 PM PST

    Protocol control made easy for the SOHO

    Managing what network traffic occurs on a small office network is a great challenge. The Untangle gateway offers a free way to block certain protocols from being used on a network.


  • Michael Kassner // December 21, 2008, 9:14 PM PST

    Phorm's Webwise: It's back and gaining traction

    Michael Kassner has been keeping up with news about Phorm and Webwise. Webwise is a behavioral targeting application offered by Phorm, and now major ISPs are seriously considering using Webwise. Knowing what that means is important to all of us who care about privacy issues.


  • Paul Mah // December 23, 2008, 4:01 PM PST

    A closer look at femtocells

    Femtocell technology has been hailed as an alternative to deliver the advantages of fixed mobile convergence. Poised for commercial launches by Telcos around the world in 2009, we take a closer look at this nascent new wireless mobile technology.


  • Brad Bird // December 28, 2008, 10:00 PM PST

    Enhance your skills and meet others: How to create a certification study group

    Blogger Brad Bird describes how his local group of IT pros created a study group to help prepare for certification exams and stay current on technology. Read about his experience with the many benefits of user groups.


  • Michael Kassner // December 23, 2008, 11:44 PM PST

    TechRepublic's networking host: My dream come true

    I've been living a dream this past year. Simply being here, having a great son, and writing about techy things for TechRepublic is something I'm very thankful for.


  • Rick Vanover // December 28, 2008, 12:57 PM PST

    Terminal Services Gateway is a good way to go for remote desktop

    The Terminal Services Gateway is simply a HTTPS-based connection for remote desktop. It does this by providing native encryption, using port 443, allowing enhanced logging, policy configuration, and centrally controlling the remote desktop connections. The Terminal Services Gateway is a new role that is made available with Windows Server 2008, and it can provide some features that network administrators may be excited to use.


  • Michael Kassner // December 29, 2008, 3:00 AM PST

    DNS Changer trojan: Latest variant is certainly unique

    The developers of the DNS Changer trojan have been busy, three generations just in the past year. The newly released version is the one we need to worry about. Learn how to find and combat it.